Incident Summary:

09/17/2019: Assailants shot and decapitated Hema civilians in Bukatsele, Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fourteen civilians including 11 children were killed and four others were injured in the attack. This was one of four attacks in this area overnight. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Lendu Militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Hema Civilians
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lendu militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least 28 displaced people killed in northern Congo," EuroNews, September 20, 2019.
"BRIEFING NOTES - DRC (ITURI AND SOUTH KIVU)," PR Newswire Africa, September 20, 2019.